Building Faith

Pain is one of the ways we learn: what to avoid, when to know something is wrong, and the likes. It makes sense then, that when test and tribulations come against our faith, the most they do by God’s Grace, is to shake us a bit, but leave our faith standing taller, and with deeper roots, ready for what’s next.

James 1:2-4
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

But sometimes, I feel like people have overly “romanticised” building faith through test and tribulations, to the detriment of learning to build our faith through other “positive” happenings.

Hebrews 4:2
For indeed we have had the good news [of salvation] preached to us, just as the Israelites also [when the good news of the promised land came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not united with faith [in God] by those who heard.